Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday Tidbits

Facebook founder and multi-billionaire Mark Zuckerberg has embarked on a multi-million dollar renovation of the San Francisco house he and his missus, Priscilla, purchased last year for about $10 million. City records show they plan to add a $60,000 greenhouse, a $65,000 kitchen and a $720,000 addition of of first floor office, media room, mud room, laundry room, wine room, wet bar, and half bathroom. (SF Gate)

photo: Google


The conglomerate who bought Wayne Newton's 36-acre Las Vegas ranch Casa de Shenandoah—20% of which is actually owned by by Mister Newton himself—and valiantly attempted to turn it into a Graceland-type theme park/shrine has gone belly up, thrown in the towel and listed the proudly garish estate for $70 million. In addition to a main mansion, the property has seven other residences, stabling for dozens horses, garaging for 16 cars plus a car museum, a gaming room, an F28 jet and terminal, a petting zoo. (Redfin, Curbed)

listing photos: Synergy Sotheby's International Realty


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After spending $26.5 million on a 13-acre hilltop estate with a stunning John Saladino-designed villa in Montecito (CA), perpetual property shufflers Ellen Degeneres and wife Portia de Rossi have finally sold their picturesque equestrian-oriented compound in Thousand Oaks for $10,850,000. (L.A. Times)


Oscar-winning film and television screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, United States of Tara) has a gated mid-century raised-ranch in the at the top of L.A.'s Laurel Canyon that she'd like to sell for $1,299,000. Oh, and she's got a 19-foot Airstream (with tiger-striped curtains, above right) parked in the front drive that can be had for the right price, too. (Trulia Luxe Living)

listing photos: Teles Properties


After first being listed with a grotesquely optimistic $125,000,000 price tag, the late fashion designer Gianni Versace's Casa Casuarina—a screaming statement in unapologetically garish quasi-residential opulence in the heart of Miami Beach's busy and loud South Beach district—has at long last been sold at auction for $41,500,000. The new owners of the Ocean Drive mansion are the Nakash family who own the Jordache designer jeans brand.

Fun fact: According to the kids at Curbed Miami, Eric Trump was present to bid on the property for his father, Donald. (For lots more juicy photos of the property go here.) (Curbed Miami)

photo (top): Curbed Miami
listing photos (bottom, left and right): via Forbes


lil' gay boy said...

Tid bits:

San Fran: Less than 20% of the purchase price for remodeling seems rather frugal...

Las Vegas: like Wayne, pointless vulgarity -- who the hell needs a terminal where there is no runway?

Los Angeles: Surprisingly charming, despite being on busy Mulholland;

South Beach: If it wasn't over-the-top, it wouldn't have been Versace.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Paramount CEO Brad Gray's house onthe market ? 385 Copa De Oro? Tons of Pictures AMAZING

Don Juan's Wreckless Daughter said...

holy F, those pictures of Casa de Shenandoah are three shades of awful

Anonymous said...

I want a Copa de Oro post, too!

Anonymous said...

Shalom LGB and Kinderlach,

Concerning the Zuckerberg "budget" remodel: In San Francisco, a project sponsor submits an estimated cost, prepared by an architect, of a proposed remodel/addition, along with a permit application. The initially projected cost frequently becomes the additional amount assessed to the property for real estate tax purposes, and is therefore intentionally and artificially low. Along with California's State proposition 13, this practice contributes to the widespread undervaluation of real estate tax assessments of properties in San Francisco.

Rabbi Hedda LaCasa

Anonymous said...

All that money and Zuckerberg still won't pay someone to put his trash cans away?

Unknown said...

It is amazing how little you get around SanFran for 10 million. I never could figure out why someone would pay that much for that house. Is there something I don't know?

As for South Beach... wasn't that family also the lender/holder for a lot of the debt on the mansion?

Diamonds in the Daytime said...

Z -- If curbside is any indication, it's a knock-out.

N -- Ewww. No danke.

E & P -- Maybe in my next life!

V / T "D" -- Throw in a case of Aqua Net and it's a done deal.